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I am using a Harmony One to control my Mac mini as a media centre. I have eyeTV running constantly, and when Front Row comes up, EyeTV just pauses. After playing with the pyeTV plugin -- I found it was not really reliable for some reason or another (great app tho and kudos to the devs; keep working on it) -- I went in search of another solution.

So I have an EyeTV Diversity tuner setup, and have programmed all of my Apple remote and eyeTV remote control commands into my Harmony One. The only thing that was causing me grief was exiting from Front Row, as there is no one single command on the Apple remote control (you have to click the Menu button some number of times).

Well it seems that the EyeTV Diversity remote control does have an IR command that exits Front Row immediately -- it's the Fast Backward button! The Fast Backward button on the EyeTV remote control sends the correct command to exit FrontrRow immediately (equivalent to pressing Command-Q on a keyboard).

Hopefully this will help some other people out there with a similar problem. For me, it was that last piece of the puzzle.
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An IR command for exiting Front Row via EyeTV remote
Authored by: Unsoluble on Dec 16, '09 08:47:40AM

Pressing any letter on the keyboard also instantly exits Front Row, so you could program one of those in...



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An IR command for exiting Front Row via EyeTV remote
Authored by: harrywubah on Jan 05, '10 09:15:11PM

Hi ephraim,

Problem with this is that the HarmonyOne remote only accepts IR signals to program it. Sure this would work with a keyspan, but i needed an IR signal to use to program into my HarmonyOne, hence the use of the eyeTV remote.



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An IR command for exiting Front Row via EyeTV remote
Authored by: blubbernaut on Dec 16, '09 03:43:19PM

I'd love for you to start a thread in the forums detailing exactly what all your tweaks and setups are, because you have the exact same setup as me - Eyetv Diversity on a mac mini. I don't yet have a harmony remote, but I'd love to hear about it.



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An IR command for exiting Front Row via EyeTV remote
Authored by: harrywubah on Jan 05, '10 09:16:36PM

there are so many people with so many different setups to suit their needs. I will try to do this shortly for those who are interested like yourself :)



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An IR command for exiting Front Row via EyeTV remote
Authored by: kamath on Dec 17, '09 12:41:11AM

Any keypress that FrontRow doesn't know about will exit it (I set my KeySpan to generate a "tab" key for my exit. Works fine.

Harmony remotes can also be programmed to generate keypresses after some programmable delay. Thus I have my activity "watch computer" set to turn on the TV and set up the correct input, turn on the AV receiver and set to the right input, and then tell the PBG4 I have hooked up to the TV to go into front-row. Because there's a certain delay after the TV goes into the right input with the Mac setting up the new monitor (I have the TV hooked up to the DVI port), I have to add a 2 sec delay before going into front row. I do something similar when shutting down the activity.

I created a simple AppleScript to put the computer to sleep, and mapped that to a key as well. Thus I can put the PB to sleep when I am done.



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An IR command for exiting Front Row via EyeTV remote
Authored by: harrywubah on Jan 05, '10 09:23:08PM

some remotes might be programmable to keystrokes (ie. keyspan), but the HarmonyOne cannot as far as i'm aware - only IR signals are accepted. I suppose you could use a keyspan to program the HarmonyOne, but why bother if you already have a keyspan remote.

I was trying to stay away from custom applescripts if i could. My macmini runs in TV mode 24/7 in fullscreen as the default upon booting so i never shut it down (and if it restarts it just resumes back into TV mode) and i can always watch tv wherever i am via my iPhone streamed from my macmini :)



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An IR command for exiting Front Row via EyeTV remote
Authored by: auco on Dec 17, '09 10:48:07AM

as I had to find out the hard way: Snow Leopard sucks with FrontRow and EyeTV. Besides the fact that PyeTV is broken under SL, I couldn't use my AppleRemote anymore, as Apple changed the Remote behaviour very drastically (not only system-wide, but also fast-forwarding behaviour in FrontRow for example).

First, I tried SofaControl from gravityapps.com that worked well with EyeTV and FrontRow; also provides app switching / exiting / sleeptimer etc…

...but in the meanwhile I switched to Plex with xTV skin. Plex also promted me to download The Candelair driver that adds a Leopard Compatibility Mode for Apple Remotes: http://www.iospirit.com/labs/candelair/
yay!

While Plex needs some tweaking and manual studying to make it work (hint: disable "Libary Mode" and choose "c" to set up the folder's contents - it then automatically loads posters and descriptions… quite cool stuff… but your folder structure must be in a certain style that Plex can handle this).

Now I have a Plex'ed FrontRow that's a little bit more like what I initially would have expected from Apple's FrontRow!

Cheers,
Michael



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An IR command for exiting Front Row via EyeTV remote
Authored by: harrywubah on Jan 05, '10 09:28:44PM

yeah plex is a pretty sweet package and i fiddled around with it a bit, but why download 100MB worth of application when frontrow and eyeTV do everything i need anyway.
Seems that i really need to post all my setup details for ppl.

Frontrow can link to external drives and network drives if you store your movies there. its a pretty straightforward thing to get it working and keep the external drives connected. If you load all the right codecs on quicktime then frontrow has no issues. I have candleAir installed for remote compatibilty and also Perian installed for my codecs.

PS: Your post sounds more like an advert for Plex hehe.



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An IR command for exiting Front Row via EyeTV remote
Authored by: harrywubah on Jan 05, '10 09:36:51PM

oh just a note on pyetv. yeah i originally used it and thought it was great (needs a little bit of work to iron some bugs tho), but with a universal remote and the eyeTV remote you can set it all up so you dont need pyetv at all.
I would fully recommend TvRow if you are setting up via a secondary monitor though!



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